Actress. Asian.(foot)Baller

The Actress...

This year actress Jona Xiao can be seen in some of the most talked about projects in TV and film. She has quickly become known for her ability to bring characters to life in the comedic world, while seamlessly tapping into her range in dramatic projects.

This spring Jona plays Young Namaari in Disney's much-anticipated "Raya and the Last Dragon," released worldwide March 5th.

This fall, Jona recurs on Starz's critically acclaimed crime drama series "Hightown" as the bubbly yet edgy Daisy, opposite Luis Guzman.

Her previous film roles include Lijuan in "Gifted" for Fox Searchlight Pictures opposite Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, and Octavia Spencer. "Gifted" follows Frank Adler (Evans) a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Jona also filmed "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (Columbia Pictures).

Jona's other film credits include "Keeping Up with the Joneses" (Twentieth Century Fox) opposite Gal Gadot, Zach Galifianakis, and Jon Hamm.

Jona has appeared on top TV series including recurring on BET's hit series "Being Mary Jane" as Natalie Wu, opposite Gabrielle Union. She also recurred on AMC's critically acclaimed series "Halt and Catch Fire" as Julie Yang, the first female coder on Team Mutiny. Other TV credits include: "Bones," "Trophy Wife," and "Rizzoli & Isles."

 

The WOMAN...

Although "Made in China," this feisty actress grew up in the US and came from humble beginnings.  For the first half of her childhood, she and her family lived in a trailer park in Ithaca, NY before moving to St. Louis, Missouri. 

She became an advocate for social justice at a young age and is passionate about developing children into leaders.  She's partnered with the Boys & Girls Club as well as Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles.  In all her work, her mission is to inspire others to boldly pursue their dreams and achieve things they formerly thought was "impossible."

The (foot)balLer...

Beyond her passion for acting, Jona loves sports and was an Academic All-American and All-State lacrosse player in high school.  When not on set, Jona taps back into her love of sports, bringing her known competitive edge. She was a quarterback on the National Team USA women's prelim roster and also a dodgeball player.  She also enjoys playing board games and hosting game nights.  If there's a game, she's game.